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Past President of Laurels for Leaders Jerry Rindone(right) greets Interim San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria today as guest speaker @ LFL Scholarship Awards Luncheon.

On Tuesday, February 18, Laurels for Leaders held their annual luncheon for San Diego County High School’s ASB Presidents to present a guest speaker and scholarship awards.  This year’s guest speaker was Todd Gloria, Interim San Diego Mayor and LFL alumnus.

Washington-Lincoln Laurels for Leaders was established in 1957 as a way of honoring and recognizing the achievements of ASB presidents of San Diego County high schools. Laurels founder Dr. Frank Lowe, then-president of the San Diego Unified School District, believed that such an event would encourage a lifelong commitment to service among the student leaders. The Kiwanis Club of San Diego began hosting this event years later, helping serve as a bridge between the business and education communities. The Washington-Lincoln Laurels for Leaders Foundation is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) governed by a board of directors. To contact Laurels, email info@laurelsforleaders.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As immediate Past President of “Laurels For Leaders,”  I was interviewed about this annual scholarship program by Roger Hedgecock live on Union-Tribune-TV.  In addition, two of the 110 ASB Presidents being recognized as a part of Laurels for Leaders at the Doubletree Restaurant were interviewed with me.  They were  Kelsey Hamlett, ASB President of Monte Vista High School and Barry Yang, ASB President of Del Norte High School.

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One of the original homes on Candy Cane Lane owned by Fred Davis

Beginning at Christmas time in 1955, the 200 block of Guava Lane in Chula Vista, California became a magical place called Candy Cane Lane.  Christmas decorations consisted of stringing Christmas lights between all palm trees in the front of the 20 homes on Guava Avenue, placing large 8’ wooden candy canes on each of the 44 palm trees lining Guava Avenue with a flood light at the base of each 8’ wooden candy cane.  Each resident was responsible for decorating their individual homes with lights and placing a Christmas theme decorations in the front yard of each home on the block.  All 20 homes annually decorated their homes each year.

The Candy Cane Lane tradition lasted for about 44 consecutive years even when homes changed ownership, the new homeowners to the street always decorated and everyone always joined the enthusiasm that was shared by the neighbors on the block.  The homes were decorated for about 3 weeks every year in December with the last night each season to light up street thru January 1st

My brother Howard was the co-founder of the Candy Cane Lane and I served as President of the Christmas block when I was 11 years old.  Once the block was decorated, an annual large BBQ was held and all the neighbors celebrated the opening of the Christmas decorating season.  It was a wonderful time for all.  The first Saturday after New Years, the street would gather and take the decorations down collectively.  One neighbor volunteered to store all of the lights in their backyard

·        All residents paid their own electrical bills and there were no costs covered by the city, but Candy Cane Lane contributed significantly to the opening of the holiday season for everyone.  Many tour companies brought buses down the street to see the lights and annually over 120,000 cars drove down the street to take in the joyous decorations and Christmas lights.  Many visitors simply  walked the neighborhood to take in all of the holiday spirit and joy.

·        I lived all of my childhood and most of my adult life on this wonderful street and it is great memory throughout the year but especially as we approach the Christmas Holiday .

 


 

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Jerry Rindone, President of the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce (left), Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox (Center) and Lisa Cohen (CEO of the Chamber of Commerce) joined Owner Charles Burress at the Grand Opening of his new Lazer Journey

Jerry Rindone, President of the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce  along with Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox joined business owner Charles Burress in celebrating the Grand Opening of Lazer Journey Lazer Tag and Arcade.   Lazer Journey, 871 Showroom Place, Suite 106,  is located in the Eastlake Design Center and along with Eastlake Tavern and Bowl and Filippi’s Pizza Grotto is helping to turn the center into the go to entertainment center for residents in Eastern Chula Vista.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jerry Rindone  joins Owner Charles Burress at the grand opening of Lazer Journey Lazer Tag and Arcade.

In its first week, Lazer Journey hosted birthday parties for 22 kids aged 6 to 16.  Today, December 11, is the day-long Grand Opening celebration.

 

Jerry Rindone is a lifelong resident of Chula Vista and has served the public as an educator, elected official and member of regional boards and commissions.   He has served not only the residents of Chula Vista but has served the South Bay and San Diego County as a knowledgeable decision maker and experienced advisor.    As a lifelong educator, these two projects focus his attention on bringing the students of Chula Vista and the South Bay a quality education and an outlet to pursue quality jobs in their own community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ShortStop Resturant

The Grand Opening of the new Haircut Salon Shortstop was celebrated by David Gonzalez, Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chula Vista Chamber President Jerry Rindone, Owner Edgar Gonzalez on December 6, 2013 located at 1392 E. Palomar Street.

The  Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce congratulates owner Edgar and David Gonzales on the Grand opening of their haircut salon ShortStop.  This salon is located at 1392 E. Palomar Street, Chula Vista.  Joining the Gonzales family celebration was their brother First Baseman Adrian Gonzales of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Jerry Rindone, President of the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce.